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Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage, and becomes determined to find out more, to honour both sides of her heritage. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly, it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner...

Издательство: "Random House, Inc." (2006)

ISBN: 978-0-552-55194-6

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Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman
Born February 8, 1962 (1962-02-08) (age 49)
Clapham, London
Occupation Author
Genres Children's literature, science fiction, mystery, poetry, thriller and horror


Malorie Blackman OBE is an author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues. Her critically and popularly acclaimed Noughts & Crosses series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism. She was mentioned in the lyrics of Written in the Stars, a song by Tinie Tempah that reached #1 on the UK singles chart.[1]



The cover of the 2002 paperback of Noughts & Crosses

Malorie Blackman was born on 8 February 1962.[2] While at school, she wanted to be an English teacher but grew up to become a systems programmer instead.[2][3] She earned a HNC at Thames Polytechnic and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School.[2][4]

Blackman married her Scottish husband Neil in the 1990s and their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1995.[3] Blackman has described herself, "I'm just Malorie Blackman – a black woman writer."[2] Her private school education was funded through a series of grants offered to her through her "exceptional writing" and her parents funded the rest of the fees through a series of low-paid jobs. This influenced Blackman's first book, Not So Stupid, which was a collection of horror and science fiction stories for young adults, published in November 1990.[5] Since then she has written more than fifty children's books, including novels and short story collections, and also television scripts and a stage play.[5][6] Her work has won more than fifteen awards.[6][7] Blackman's television scripts include episodes of the long-running, children's drama Byker Grove, as well as television adaptations of her novels Whizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy.[6] Her books have been translated into over fifteen languages including Spanish, Welsh, German, Japanese, Chinese and French.

Blackman's award-winning Noughts & Crosses series, exploring love, racism, and violence, is set in a fictional dystopia. Explaining her choice of title, in a 2007 interview for the BBC's Blast website, Blackman said noughts and crosses is "...one of those games that nobody ever plays after childhood, because nobody ever wins..."[8] In an interview for The Times, Blackman said that before writing Noughts & Crosses her protagonists' ethnicites were never central to the plots of her books.[3] She has also said, "I wanted to show black children just getting on with their lives, having adventures, and solving their dilemmas, like the characters in all the books I read as a child."[2] Blackman eventually decided to address racism directly.[3][8] She reused some details from her own experience, including an occasion when she needed a plaster and found they were designed to be inconspicuous only on white people's skin.[3] The Times interviewer Amanda Craig speculated about why the Noughts & Crosses series was not, for a long time, published in the United States: "though there was considerable interest, 9/11 killed off the possibility of publishing any book describing what might drive someone to become a terrorist."[3] Noughts and Crosses is now available in the US published under the title Black & White (Simon & Schuster Publishers, 2005).

Noughts & Crosses was #61 on the Big Read list, a 2003 BBC survey to find "The Nation's Best-Loved Book", with more votes than A Tale of Two Cities, several Terry Pratchett novels, and Lord of the Flies.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[9]

Personal life

Malorie Blackman lives with her husband, Neil and daughter, Elizabeth in Kent, England. In her free time she likes to play her piano, compose, play computer games and write poetry.[10]


Published works

The cover of the 2003, first edition, paperback of An Eye for an Eye

Novels for young adults

Short stories for young adults

  • "Humming Through My Fingers" in the multi-author collection Shining on: A Collection of Stories in Aid of the Teen Cancer Trust, Picadilly Press, 2006, ISBN 1-85340-893-X
  • Short story in the multi-author collection The Crew and Other Teen Fiction, Heinemann Library, ISBN 0-431-01875-8

Novels for children

Short stories for children

  • "Contact" in the multi-author collection Out of This World: Stories of Virtual Reality (chosen by Wendy Cooling), Dolphin, 1997, ISBN 1-85881-602-5
  • Aesop's Fables (retold by Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Patrice Aggs), Scholastic, 1998, ISBN 0-590-54382-2
  • "Dare to be Different" (illustrated by Jane Ray) in the multi-author collection Dare to be Different, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-7475-4021-7
  • "Peacemaker" in the multi-author collection Peacemaker and Other Stories (illustrated by Peter Richardson and David Hine), Heinemann Educational, 1999, ISBN 0-435-11600-2 20220202857574939

Books for new readers

  • The Betsey Biggalow stories:
    • Betsey Biggalow the Detective (illustrated by Lis Toft), Piccadilly Press, 1992, ISBN 1-85340-163-3
    • Betsey Biggalow is Here! (illustrated by Lis Toft), Piccadilly Press, 1992, ISBN 1-85340-172-2
    • Hurricane Betsey (illustrated by Lis Toft), Piccadilly Press, 1993, ISBN 1-85340-199-4
    • Magic Betsey (illustrated by Lis Toft), Piccadilly Press, 1994, ISBN 1-85340-237-0
    • Betsey's Birthday Surprise (illustrated by Lis Toft), Piccadilly Press, 1996, ISBN 0-590-55864-1
  • The Girl Wonder series:
    • Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins (illustrated by Pat Ludlow), Orion Children's Books, 1991, ISBN 0-575-05048-9
    • Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures (illustrated by Lis Toft), Orion Children's Books, 1992, ISBN 0-575-05383-6
    • Girl Wonder to the Rescue (illustrated by Lis Toft), Gollancz, 1994, ISBN 0-575-05774-2
    • The Amazing Adventures of Girl Wonder (illustrated by Lis Toft), Barn Owl Books, 2003, ISBN 1-903015-27-8
  • The Puzzle Planet adventures:
    • Peril on Planet Pellia (illustrated by Patrice Aggs), Orchard Books, 1996, ISBN 1-85213-935-8
    • The Mellion Moon Mystery (illustrated by Patrice Aggs), Orchard Books, 1996, ISBN 1-85213-936-6
    • The Secret of the Terrible Hand (illustrated by Patrice Aggs), Orchard Books, 1996, ISBN 1-86039-370-5
    • Quasar Quartz Quest (illustrated by Patrice Aggs) Orchard Books, 1996, ISBN 1-85213-938-2
  • The Longman Book Project (with translations to Welsh):
  • Elaine You're a Brat! [16] (illustrated by Doffy Weir), Orchard Books, 1991, ISBN 1-85213-365-1
  • My Friend's a Gris-Quok (illustrated by Philip Hopman), Scholastic, 1994, ISBN 0-590-55864-1
  • Grandma Gertie's Haunted Handbag (illustrated by David Price), Heinemann, 1996, ISBN 0-434-97225-8
  • Space Race (illustrated by Colin Mier), Corgi Children's, 1997, ISBN 0-552-54542-2
  • Fangs (illustrated by Tony Blundell), Orchard Books, 1998, ISBN 1-86039-734-4
  • Snow Dog (illustrated by Sabrina Good), Corgi Children's, 2001, ISBN 0-552-54703-4
  • The Monster Crisp-Guzzler (illustrated by Saynab Abdalla), Corgi Children's, 2002, ISBN 0-552-54783-2
  • Sinclair, Wonder Bear (illustrated by Deborah Allwright), Egmont Books, 2003, ISBN 1-4052-0589-X

Picture books

Television scripts

Her novel Operation Gadgetman! was also adapted into a 1996 TV movie directed by Jim Goddard and starring Marina Sirtis.

Stage plays

  • The Amazing Birthday
  • Noughts and Crosses

Awards and nominations

The cover of the 2004, first edition, hardcover of Knife Edge

Body of work


For Hacker (1995)

  • 1994, W.H. Smith Mind Boggling Book of the Year Award.[6]
  • 1994, Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Children's Book of the Year Award.[6]
  • 1995, Birmingham/TSB Children's Book Award (shortlist).[7]

For Thief! (1996)

  • 1996, Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Children's Book of the Year Award.[6]

For A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E (1997)

  • 1997, Stockport Children's Book of the Year Award (Key Stage 3 category).[6]
  • 1997, Stockton-on-Tees Children's Book Award (shortlisted).[7]
  • 1998, Sheffield Children's Book Award (highly commended).[7]
  • 2001, Stockport Schools Book Award (shortlisted).[7]

For Pig-Heart Boy (1997)

For Tell Me No Lies (1999)

  • 2000, Stockport Children's Book Award (shortlisted) (Key Stage 4 category).[6][7]

For Dead Gorgeous (2002)

  • 2003, Calderdale Book of the Year (shortlist).[7]
  • 2003, Salford Children's Book Award (shortlist).[7]
The cover of the 2005, first edition, hardcover of Checkmate

For books in the Noughts & Crosses series

For Cloud Busting (2004)

  • 2004, Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Silver Award) (6–8 years category).[6]
  • 2005, Redbridge Children's Book Award (shortlist).[7]
  • 2005, Stockport Schools Book Award (shortlisted).[7]
  • 2006, Nottingham Children's Book Award (shortlist) (10–11 years category).[7]
  • 2006, West Sussex Children's Book Award (shortlist).[7]

Television adaptations

For Pig-Heart Boy

See also

The cover of the 2009 paperback of Double Cross


  1. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/2010-10-09
  2. ^ a b c d e Blackman, Malorie (1995–2007). "Malorie Blackman". Penguin UK Authors. Penguin Books Ltd.. http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000003969,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Craig, Amanda (2004-01). "Malorie Blackman: the world in photographic negative". The Times. Times Newspapers Limited. http://www.amandacraig.com/pages/journalism/interviews/malorie_blackman.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Malorie Blackman". 40 artists, 40 days. Tate Online. 2006. http://www.tate.org.uk/40artists40days/malorie_blackman.html. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Full Record". British Library Integrated Catalogue. The British Library Board. http://catalogue.bl.uk. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Malorie Blackman". Contemporary Writers. British Council. 2007. http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth519D6BC107d6922CB1VoU30CEDE6. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Awards and Prizes". Kids at Random House. Random House Children's Books. http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/childrens/grownups/prizes/prizes.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  8. ^ a b "Malorie Blackman - Children and Young People's Writer". Blast. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/about/ask/mblackman_transcript.shtml. Retrieved 2007-03-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 9. 14 June 2008.
  10. ^ Preface to Tell Me No Lies
  11. ^ Also published as Black & White, Simon Pulse, 2007, ISBN 1-4169-0017-9
  12. ^ Also published in Noughts & Crosses, Corgi Children's, 2006, ISBN 0-552-55570-3
  13. ^ Originally published 1997
  14. ^ Also published as 4u2read.ok Hostage, Barrington Stoke, 2002, ISBN 1-84299-056-X, and as a "Close Look, Quick Look" photocopiable version for teachers, Barrington Stoke, 2004, ISBN 1-84299-236-8
  15. ^ Originally published separately as Whizziwig, 1995, and Whizzywhig Returns, 1999
  16. ^ Also published as Ellie, and the Cat!, Orchard Books, 2005, ISBN 1-84362-391-9
  17. ^ Also published as A New Dress for Maya, Gary Stevens Publishing, 1992, ISBN 0-8368-0713-8


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